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Wimbledon: Sister Serena is helping me, insists record-seeking Venus Williams

Wimbledon: Sister Serena is helping me, insists record-seeking Venus Williams

Venus will face Garbine Muguruza in Saturday's final, and if she wins at age 37, she'll be the oldest women's Grand Slam victor in the Open Era, since 1968, according to ESPN Stats & Info. Williams is a five-time Wimbledon champion who is playing in the semifinals at the All England Club for the 10th time in her 20th appearance.

Konta tops the ace leaderboard in the women's singles with 28, one more than Williams who is the oldest woman to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals for 23 years.

Similarly, Garbine Muguruza reached her second Wimbledon semi-final with a powerful 6-3 6-4 victory over seventh seed Svetlana Kuznetsova. The American prevailed 6-4 6-2 to storm into the final on Saturday [15 July] where she will face Garbine Murguruza.

Earlier, in the first semifinal Muguruza strode on to Centre Court with a heavily strapped left thigh.

Sixth seed Konta, 26, matched Virginia Wade's 1978 feat with a gutsy 6-7 (2-7) 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 win over Romanian second seed Simona Halep. "I'm definitely digesting things a little bit still", said Konta, who was ranked outside the top 150 two years ago.

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Konta after losing the opening game in the opening set bounced back to take the subsequent game. I'll have to see what happens in the final. Konta in her first. "I just have to be more relaxed and (have) more belief in myself". "I think it was all credit to her". "I think it was all credit to her". "She deserved to win completely this match". "It does bring it slightly out of context and, I guess, makes me realize how special that is and how much people do enjoy being a part of my journey". The crowd were very nice to me.

The veteran last triumphed at Wimbledon in 2008, which remains her seventh and final grand slam singles title. "In terms of the home support I feel very excited and very humbled by it", she said. The American was playing in her tenth Wimbledon semifinal.

Seven of Venus' eight major final defeats have been against her sister, Serena.

Williams used the vast weapons garnered through years of experience to unsettle Konta's rhythm - particularly on the Briton's previously solid serve. I just have to be more relaxed and more belief in myself.

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